You aren't required to be a die-hard sports enthusiast or loyal fan of professional tennis to know that the US Open (United States Open Tennis Championships) is an incredible showcase of talent. But you don’t have to watch from your couch or catch the highlights on your favorite sports show. This year, you should go and experience the longest-running tennis tournament in the world. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center combines tournament play and a love of athleticism with dining, shopping, and entertainment, making it a venue “mecca for modern tennis fans.”
A Little US Open History
The US Open Tennis Championship was founded in 1881, and along with being the longest-running tennis tournament globally, it’s also the second oldest Grand Slam® tournament after Wimbledon. The initial site for this professional tennis tournament was in Newport, Rhode Island, but it moved to its current site, right here in New York City, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in 1978.
US Open 2022
This year’s tournament is going to be uber-competitive and is slated to run from August 29th through September 11th. You can visit the website for the US Open to explore options for travel, planning your trip, parking, special events, and more.
For those who can’t attend in person, there are virtual events for US Open fans to experience and join in the excitement online. Online you can play games, join in on a daily scavenger hunt, live stream athlete practices, and shop for US Open merch.
Just Announced: It’s Serena Williams’ Last Year
Tennis powerhouse and legend Serena Williams has announced on Twitter that after this year’s US Open, she plans to retire. And this could be just the inspiration you need to get your passes and catch Williams in action for her last season. Serena Williams is one of the most talented and decorated athletes in the sport of all time with:
- 73 Singles Titles
- 23 Grand Slam Singles Titles
- 14 Grand Slam Doubles Titles
- 4 Olympic Gold Medals
- $94 Million in Prize Winnings
Ways to Get to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as a venue is a sprawling stadium complex within Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The easiest way to navigate, if you’re already in New York City, is to use mass transit. It’s convenient and probably the most cost-effective way to get there.
The 7 train has service from the Grand Central Terminal over to Mets-Willets Point Station, which you also might find suitable. The Long Island Rail Road is also an easy transport with connections in Penn Station and for guests with disabilities.
For more information about the US Open or to find answers to specific questions, you can contact them online, where you can also find the latest in COVID-related policies for attendees. Get your tickets and prepare to be dazzled at this multi-day New York event and a showcase of the finest tennis athletes in the sport right now!
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